Bowling Them Over

If you've ever wondered why most of the sporting public is blissfully unconcerned about the eighth World Cricket Cup tournament, which just began in Cape Town, dip into the rule book. Each match lasts up to seven hours, with each side at bat for three and a half. Even if a batsman gets out, his side may still be in. If he gets a bouncer from the bowler, he ducks. If he gets out before scoring any runs, he gets a duck. If no runs are scored from a six-ball session, that's called "bowling a maiden over."


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